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Offline rossjd

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Meniscus removal, Synvisc injections
« on: January 31, 2008, 01:02:54 AM »
My first post so I guess I should give a bit of history.
Approx 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Arthritus in right knee. My specialist surgeon did a Arthroscopy/clean out which worked well.
He did say it wasn't a permanent fix but would buy a bit of time, he also said a total knee replacement would be required at some time in the future. I am a 54 year old male. At this point I had no problems with my left knee.
3 months ago I developed pain in my left , so called arthritus free knee. This happened after a 2 week camping trip so I put it down to strain. It gradually got worse and after a couple of weeks I was in an incredible amount of pain and could not walk properly.
My GP sent me back to the Specialist and he said I had torn the medial meniscus. He scheduled me for surgery the next week.
I had the surgery on the 4th December.
The Specialist said that it was a severely torn medial Meniscus and he had to remove a large percentage of it.
He also said I have severe arthritus where  the tear was, so I now have arthritic bone with no cushioning. This has made me almost a cripple.
I can barely take weight on my left leg and I can't bend it without incredible pain.
I was at the Specialist last week and he has suggested Synvisc injections.
I'm about willing to try anything at this stage, to relieve the pain.
After a lot of research on the net, I can't see how I'm going to get away without a knee replacement.
My question I guess is, is it worth the $500 for the Synvisc shots in my condition, or should I be pushing for a replacement.
Thank you for any advice,
Cheers from Australia,

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Re: Meniscus removal, Synvisc injections
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008, 01:32:44 AM »
Since the doc took out a chunk of your meniscus, the Synvisc injections won't do much. The underlying issues will still be there, and 500 bucks is a lot to pay for "maybe" getting some temporary improvement.

I'd get a second opinion.
multiple arthroscopies 2/00,3/01,6/01,1/03, 12/07,10/10. chondromalacia, severe medial joint space narrowing following 3 partial menisectomies, chronic pain problems, kneecap problems, OCD lesion, failed mfx.

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Re: Meniscus removal, Synvisc injections
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008, 02:35:14 PM »
Don't bother with the Synvisc. They don't work most of the time if you have a lot of meniscus left. If you don't have any, or very little meniscus left, they won't work at all. My old doctor talked me into them and they were worthless. My current doctor doesn't recommend them to anyone and he won't even do them due to poor results.

I had a partial knee replacement 13 months ago. It was the 7th surgery on my knee. I can't remember the last time it felt as good as it does now. I think maybe 35 years ago.